La Cocina Cooking School
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Welcome to La Cocina!
Immerse yourself in the gastronomy and culture of Mexico. At La Cocina we offer more than just a cooking classes—we delve into the country's fascinating heritage and history, allowing you to transport a true culinary experience into your own kitchen.
Cooking classes are conducted in English. They're hands-on, unless you prefer to sit back and relax. Full meals in the dining room, wine and/or margaritas, as well as recipe packets, are included in the price.
For an indepth culinary and culture experience, join one of our week-long culinary tours. Register Now
There's a 10% discount when booking two different classes at the same time.
There's also a 10% discount, if you have a group of 5 people or more joining one of our scheduled classes.
Due to limited space, advance payment is required to register.
If you can't find a date or class that suits your needs, please contact us about a private class.
A full refund will be issued with a 48-hour cancellation notice;
50% for cancellations of 24 hours.
Recipes & Cookbooks
Enjoy our recipes and cookbooks.
Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.Press Reviews
3-Day Culinary ImmersionEnjoy an in-depth San Miguel culinary experience. Our immersion program includes 4 nights at La Cocina B&B, the intensive cooking class with market tour, as well as 2 other classes depending on your interests. We’ll also dine with chef Mateo Salas in the kitchen of Aperi—our town’s premier restaurant. $650 per person, double occupancy
$750 per person, single occupancy
Choose your own dates
San Miguel Tour Week:Join one of our culinary
adventures during Holy Week.
Walking & Market Tour w/ Cooking ClassSunday, March 25, 10-5, $150
Take a private walking tour of San Miguel, breaking for churros and hot chocolate, before heading to the market to peruse the colorful stalls. Then delve into the secrets of the traditional Mexican kitchen, including homemade tortillas, with a cooking class lunch.
Dolores Hidalgo, Carnitas & Wine TastingMonday, March 26, 10-6, $160
Visit the ceramics workshops of Dolores Hidalgo, watching as artists mold and paint their creations. Lunch at Vicente's, famous for its carnitas and gorditas. Sample exotic ice creams in the main square: avocado, tequila, beer before heading to Santísima Trinidad for a wine tasting and tour of their spectacular property, which features fields of olive trees and lavender. Evening cooking class preparing the national dish of Mexico: Chiles en Nogada.
Discover GuanajuatoWednesday, March 28, 10-5:30, $95
Explore Guanajuato, a historic jewel one hour from San Miguel. This colonial town features underground tunnels, colorful shops and houses climbing up the steep hillsides. We’ll lunch on specialties from the Bajio region at a picturesque restaurant in the main square.
Join one of our Delicious Expeditions!
Dolores Hidalgo, Carnitas & Wine TastingTuesdays, 10-5, $120
Visit the ceramics workshops of Dolores Hidalgo, watching as artists mold and paint their creations. Lunch at Vicente's, famous for its carnitas and gorditas. Sample exotic ice creams in the main square: avocado, tequila, beer before heading to Santísima Trinidad for a wine tasting and tour of their spectacular property, which features fields of olive trees and lavender. (4 person minimum)
Our cooking classes:
Discover the secrets of the Mexican kitchen with Guacamole made in the molcajete, Mole Poblano with Chicken, Cheese Chiles Rellenos, Mexican Red Rice, a side of Cactus, a dollop of Mexican history, a dash of cultural insight, and a slice of Tres Leches.
Every Thursday, 4-8 pm | $95 US per person
Market Tour & Seasonal Favorites
Delve into San Miguel's culinary history while perusing the stalls of our colorful market, discovering and tasting local delicacies along the way. Head back to La Cocina to prepare lunch, incorporating seasonal items, such as huitlacoche and squash blossoms. Enjoy a Mezcal tasting. Sample menu: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Skirt Steak in Chile Pasilla Salsa, Squash Blossom Quesadillas, Cactus Salad, Beans in a clay pot and Mamey macerated in Tequila.
Every Friday, 11 am–3:30 pm | $110 per person
Naturally Healthy Mexican Cuisine
Learn to make healthy Mexican dishes, both traditional and modern, with recipes from Kris's Mexican Light. cookbook: Shrimp in Pumpkin Seed Sauce, Chicken with Roasted Poblanos & Tomatoes,
Jicama, Avocado & Pineapple Salad, Fruit Salsa macerated in Mezcal w/ Coconut Ice Cream.
Tuesdays, 4–8 pm | $95 per person
Monday, March 12, 2-6 pm
Modern Mexican Fusion
Discover a new way to prepare exciting dishes focusing on creative methods for using Mexican ingredients. Roasted Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa, Grilled Vegetable & Goat Cheese Chiles Rellenos, Pork Loin with Mango-Chipotle Salsa, Saffron Rice, Chayote Salad, Chocolate Kahlua Cake.
Tuesdays, 4–8 pm | $95 per person
March 27 & April 10
Traditional Mexican Moles
Explore the famed sauces of Mexico while learning their history and cultural significance. Roasted Garlic Soup, Black Mole with Pork Loin, Green Mole with Chicken, Almond Mole Brownies.
Every Saturday, 2-6 pm | $95 per person
Begin your morning at the market, perusing the colorful stalls and choosing from the season’s best ingredients for the day’s meal. Break for Churros and Chocolate before heading to La Cocina where you’ll prepare homemade Sopes and fresh Corn Tortillas, Cream of Chayote Soup, as well as a few other seasonal favorites. Enjoy margaritas and Chocolate Kahlua cake, new friends and fine conversation.
Every Wednesday, 10:30-4:30 pm | $150 per person
The Art of Chiles Rellenos
Learn to make Mexico's national dish: the Chile en Nogada, as well as stuffed Ancho Chiles, Mixed Vegetable Rice and Cream of Poblano & Corn soup.
Every Monday, 2-6 pm | $95 per person
An Evening in Italy
Kris has learned many secrets from Italy's best chefs, but more importantly from their grandmothers, during her 10 years leading culinary tours. Sample Menu: Pear & Gorgonzola Crostini, Risotto with seasonal ingredients, Osso Bucco,
all served with the best Tirasamu ever!
Saturdays 2–6 pm | $95 per person
The Basics of Baking
Learn quick, efficient baking from a professional. Kris has baked for her restaurant El Buen Cafe for the past 24 years. She's made more than a 1000 cakes, as well as too many cookies and pie crusts to count. Inquire about the menu. This class does not include a meal, but does include a package of your baked goods to take home.
By appointment | $95 per person
Voices of San Miguel: An Oral History
Kris's latest book was just released!
Voices of San Miguel is a collection of memories that tells the story of one of Mexico’s most fabled towns. Featuring a mosaic of personal accounts, told by a diverse group of residents, Voices of San Miguel recaptures life during the Mexican Revolution and Cristero War. It details the influx of American G.I.s and the birth of an artist community. San Miguel’s unique history allows for unique stories and characters, people who come alive on these pages while sharing their experiences, hardships, and joys.
Buy Now ($27 US with shipping)